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Press Release 99-197
December 8, 1999

Foundation Lends Helping Hand
Foundation assisting Papua-New Guinea with Repatriation.

The Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation reported today that communications have begun between the government of Papua-New Guinea, the Bishop Museum and foundation leaders to facilitate the repatriation of ancestral remains and sacred artifacts taken from the island nation.

According to Communications Secretary, Lynn Cruz, "Foundation president, Norbert Perez has spoken to Papua-New Guinea Consul General, Harris Oliver in Hawaii and has transmitted a letter to 2nd Secretary Barbara Age at the Embassy office in Washington, D.C., extending our support and assistance."

Foundation assisting Samoa with Repatriation.
The Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation reported today that communications have begun with representatives for the government of American Samoa, the Bishop Museum and foundation leaders to facilitate the repatriation of ancestral remains and sacred artifacts taken from the island Territory.

According to Communications Secretary, Lynn Cruz, "Foundation president, Norbert Perez has transmitted a letter to Ms. Leala Pili, the Executive Director for Arts, Culture and Heritage in Pago Pago extending our support and assistance.


Foundation assisting Tonga with Repatriation.
The Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation reported today that communications have begun with representatives for the government of the Kingdom of Tonga, the Bishop Museum and foundation leaders to facilitate the repatriation of ancestral remains and sacred artifacts taken from the island nation.

According to Communications Secretary, Lynn Cruz, "Foundation president, Norbert Perez has spoken to the Director of the Tonga Museum, Mr. Manatu Politoni to extend our support and assistance. Mr. Perez and our foundation are working closely with Ms. Kasanita Kionia and the Tongan Community of Hawaii.

Biba Taotao Tano'

Prepared by:  Lynn Cruz